Madrid hosts one of the most important clay court events & the best players on WTA Tour will fight for important points. Learn about the players to keep an eye on & the most valuable bets.
After winning the WTA Indian Wells and Miami titles, Victoria Azarenka is once again the main favorite to grab the title in Madrid. Azarenka is a two-time runner-up in Madrid, after losing on the decisive match in 2011 against Petra Kvitova and in 2012 against Serena Williams. Clay is known as Victoria’s worst surface, because the irregular bounce of the surface doesn’t allow her to hit the ball as early as she like; however, she’s still a remarkable player on this surface winning 71.33% of the matches she played on clay throughout her career. Azarenka shouldn’t experience much problems until the quarterfinals, where she can face the defending champion Kvitova. Petra is a very dangerous player on Madrid’s altitude conditions yet, Azarenka is playing at a superb level and should be too solid for her opponent. At the semifinals there isn’t any real threat to the Belarussian, Agnieszka Radwanska is the highest ranked player but she’s far from a good clay court player and it won’t be surprising to see her losing before this stage. Due to the easy path that Azarenka should have on this tournament – where Kvitova is the only player that can cause some troubles to the Belarussian – we suggest taking advantage of Azarenka’s tennis odds to win this event at 3.75 on bet365.
Angelique Kerber will be looking for a better performance this year in Madrid, after losing on the first round in the previous two years – in 2014 against Caroline Garcia and in 2015 against Samantha Stosur. Before this event, Angelique won her second consecutive title in Stuttgart, defeating high quality players such as Carla Suarez Navarro or Petra Kvitova. Kerber is the highest ranked player on bottom half of the draw and even though her recent success in Stuttgart, it won’t be easy for her to reach the latter stages of the competition. Kerber starts her campaign against the tricky Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and on the following two rounds she might face two dangerous American players, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. At the quarterfinals she can face once again Carla Suarez Navarro and at the semifinals, Garbine Muguruza or Simona Halep are the two toughest players that the German might encounter. Not only due to Kerber’s difficult draw but also because of her poor results in recent years in Madrid, we advise you to avoid placing a bet on Kerber to win this competition at 6.00 on bet365.
Player To Keep An Eye
In our WTA Stuttgart tournament analysis, we picked Garbine Muguruza as one of the main contenders for the title however, the Spaniard suffered a disappointing loss at the quarterfinals against Petra Kvitova. Despite that loss, Garbine has been playing at very good level lately and this is a perfect tournament for Muguruza, not only because is played on her home country but also because is played on altitude, where the conditions are faster which make Garbine’s powerful tennis even more dangerous. Muguruza’s first real test should occur at the quarterfinals, where she might face Karolina Pliskova. The Czech is a very dangerous player with her big serve and powerful groundstrokes and it won’t be easy for Garbine to overcome this opponent. If Muguruza defeats the Czech she can face Simona Halep at the semifinals however, the Romanian is far from her best and it won’t be surprising to see Halep losing on the first rounds of the competition. The price offered on Muguruza is quite interesting at 17.00 on Bet365. Having said that, we recommend you to add the Spaniard to your tennis picks and guarantee some profit if she reaches the final stages of the competition.